Saint Louis University

Internships in Political Science

Internships provide excellent practical experience that potential employers appreciate; they often help people select a future career. Internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students, and students should select them with the help of their mentors.

The department offers a variety of types of internships. Interns may work in the offices of elected officials, at all levels from local to federal. During election years they may work on campaigns, or they may work in legislative offices. International internships are available, as internships focused on legal work or women leaders.

Requirements
For a 3-credit internship, students will be expected to:

  • work 10 to 12 hours a week throughout the semester
  • write a daily or weekly journal involving a political critique of their experiences
  • write a 20-page essay after the internship is completed, in consultation with the faculty mentor directing the internship.

A six-credit internship will require twice as many hours and either two 20 page papers or one 40-page paper.

You may seek internships on your own, but always notify your faculty mentor during the first week of the semester if you are trying to arrange an internship.

For more information
Contact Dr. Robert Strikwerda
314-977-4238
McGannon Hall, Room 125
e-mail: rstrikwe@slu.edu

For a list of internship opportunities and more advice, click here.

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